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Wildfires Scorch the Western US? Who?s to Blame?07/24/14
Record-setting wildfires are raging across the West. After 10 days, the largest blaze in Washington State history is still only half contained. Is it time to manage so-called ?wilderness? rather than leaving it free?
Does Diplomacy Have a Chance in the Middle East?
Secretary of State Kerry is shuttling around the Middle East in the hope of negotiating a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. We?ll hear about the challenges for international leaders as the war goes on.
Black Boxes, Bodies and the Blame Game
Pro-Russian separatists have turned over the black boxes, and the remains of victims have been taken away on refrigerated train cars, but the lack of a smoking gun raises questions for the European Union. How deeply was Russia involved? Is it time for...
Urban Warfare in Gaza City
The carnage continues in Gaza, where some neighborhoods are strewn with the bodies of Palestinians, and a hospital has been shelled. We?ll get a report from the ground and get different perspectives on how long Israel?s ?Operation Protective Edge?...
Did Russia Play a Role in Downing a Commercial Jetliner?
The President said it?s too early to place the blame, but the US is raising tough questions about Russia?s involvement in the Malaysian Boeing 777 shot down yesterday over Eastern Ukraine. We?ll also give an update on Israel?s invasion of Gaza.
Can Iraq Stay Together? The Clock is Ticking?
In the aftermath of the US occupation, Iraq has become a different country?with the prospect of not surviving as a country at all. Is intervention an option in a country torn by internal politics, violent religious extremism and the threat of...
Is the US Building an "Airplane to Nowhere"?
The F-35 fighter-bomber was grounded again this week ? the most expensive weapons system in history is too dangerous to fly. Is the F-35 a high-tech requirement for future warfare, or a pork-barrel project that will be obsolete when it finally gets...
The World Cup Is Over - What's Next for Brazil?
Brazil hosted a month-long festival of great soccer, and global TV ratings went through the roof. Now it has to cope with the aftermath. We?ll look at the impact on Brazil?and on FIFA, soccer?s governing body, where reports of corruption and bribery...
The NSA Gets Personal
The National Security Agency is not spying only on foreigners or just collecting ?metadata.? Is the NSA making the nation safer? Is it abusing its vast resources? What happened to reforms promised after Edward Snowden?s first document dump?
As Shelling Continues, What do Hamas and Israel Have to Gain?
Prime Minister Netanyahu said today that Israel will not scale back attacks on the Gaza Strip until the latest rocket fire comes to an end. We?ll hear what it?s like to be living in Gaza City and whether a full-scale Israeli incursion is likely.
The New Faces of Immigration: 57,000 Central American Children
America is divided over whether to call them refugees, illegal aliens, or just kids who need protection after risking their lives to come to this country. Should they be given asylum as refugees, or sent back to Central America as soon as possible...
The Hobby Lobby Case Goes On and On...
Since last week?s US Supreme Court decision, angry battles are raging between religious freedom and women?s rights. We?ll hear how it?s playing out in state legislatures, Congress, the fight over Obamacare and the November elections.
Is Eastern Ukraine in for a Bloodbath?
Pro-Russian militants driven out of one Eastern Ukrainian city have bombed three bridges leading into another, where they plan a counter-offensive. They?re demanding help against the Ukrainian Army from Russia?s President Putin. The world is asking,...
Will Disputed Election Results Divide Afghanistan?
America?s worst fears may have been realized by preliminary election results released today in Afghanistan. Does the US have the clout to make a difference?
Artificial Intelligence: is the Promise Worth the Peril?
Artificial intelligence might be the death of humanity. That?s from no less an authority than Stephen Hawking?the world?s best-known physicist. How do Americans feel about science fiction made real? Will developers agree not to go too far before it?s...
A New Boiling Point in the Mideast
Tensions reached a new high today in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Does the abandonment of a peace process mean more violence ahead? Can the US do anything to relieve the tensions?
Presidential Overreach or the Only Solution to Gridlock?
Earlier this week President Obama said that if Congress won?t pass sweeping immigration reform, he?d start doing it himself. It wasn?t the first time that Obama has decided to go it alone.
In Iraq, Disunity on All Fronts
The Iraqi Parliament met today to begin selecting a new unity government. Within minutes, enough members walked out that they had to call it quits.
Conservative Victories at the Supreme Court
After some notable 9 to 0 decisions this year, the nation?s highest court closed out its term with two big rulings that were anything but unanimous. Today it was all about a familiar 5 to 4 split -- with a conservative majority.
Are Local Police Becoming More Militant?
Highly armed paramilitary units and SWAT teams are on the rise in American law enforcement.Is one person's militarization another's preparation?
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